by Drew Ward
On March 10, a Boeing 737 Max 8 model crashed just after take off. The plane was leaving Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. The plane was going to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, and crashed after being in the air for six minutes. The crash killed everyone on board, totaling 157 people from 35 different countries. The devastating accident was not the only one this past year. In October there was another plane crash when the Lion Air flight 610 crashed into the sea off the coast of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, killing all 189 people onboard. This crash was also a 737 Max 8 model which has caused an uproar around the world.
The European Union has shut down flights of all Boeing 737 Max planes, resulting in two-thirds of the Boeing 737 Max 8 being pulled from flights. However, the FAA has not grounded any of the planes yet. They came out with a statement that said they found no reason to ground the planes and the crashes were not a result of the plane itself. The two American Airlines that fly the Boeing 737 Max will continue to do so. Southwest said, ¨We don’t have any changes planned,¨ and American stated, ¨We have full confidence in the aircraft.” The president has agreed to the idea that the plane is not the issue. Recently on Twitter, he said, “Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT.” Criticizing how planes are too complex and need scientists or ¨geeks¨ who do not have the proper training to fly planes. As of now, there are some American citizens who are concerned but the FAA has stood firm.
UPDATE: As of March 13, all Boeing 737 Max planes were grounded worldwide as Boeing works on a software fix for the model.